J-Roc talks working with Timbo, Justin, Jay, Beyoncé, Cher, and other only-one-name-needed icons.

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Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon is a Grammy-winning musician and producer best-known for his work with Timbaland. He got his start in Texas, playing gospel and jazz with people like Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, and Wayman Tisdale, while producing the occasional hip-hop record. But once he met Timbaland about ten years ago, his career took off.

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The City You Love to Hate Makes Every Song You Love

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The next time you’re screaming at a Beyoncé show, or catching The Grammys on TV, or watching the Super Bowl, keep in mind that these pinnacles of popular entertainment all have one thing in common—Dallas. To the outside world, the image of the Dallas-Fort Worth area (“DFW” to its residents) is a mix of cowboy hats, big hair, wild cat sports team owners and J.R. Ewing. When it comes to music, you may think metal (Drowning Pool, Pantera) or country (Dixie Chicks and, um, well, Dixie Chicks). But Dallas isn’t Austin, and it isn’t Houston, or anything resembling those other stereotypes. And as it turns out, it’s more influential than both.

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Episode 155 Robert “SPUT” Searight

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Sput is a drummer, keyboardist, and producer who consistently plays with the top acts in the world. Hip-hop fans have heard his work with Snoop Dogg, Timbaland, and Kendrick Lamar. But in addition to that, the Dallas native has played with everyone from Erykah Badu to Celine Dion to his main gig, the instrumental powerhouse band Snarky Puppy.

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Balancing The Business Of Sacred And Secular Music

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Keyboardist Shaun Martin is a man of many hats. You can find him playing with Grammy-winning fusion band Snarky Puppy and also performing with the likes of Erykah Badu and Chaka Khan. When he’s not doing that, he’s the musical director for gospel superstar Kirk Franklin (who he’s been working with since Martin was a member of the Grammy-winning group God’s Property while still in high school), and also co-produces Franklin’s records.

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DFW Crew Love: Showcasing Dallas’ Hidden Musical Legacy

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Saying the word “Dallas” conjures up more images of oil rigs than of guitar rigs. Yet the city has long been one of popular music’s best-kept secrets. Musicians from the Dallas-Fort Worth area have quietly been taking over popular music over the past nearly two decades, and two people from within the scene are trying to bring this movement to the light.

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